HTC One E8 unveiled internationally just as it gets priced in China
Jun03

HTC One E8 unveiled internationally just as it gets priced in China

Today HTC decided to officially announce the One E8, its plastic flagship Android smartphone. This comes right on time, even though the Taiwanese company did confirm the existence of this handset a few days ago. Anyway, One E8 is the name – Ace was just a codename after all. The HTC One E8 comes with most of the One M8‘s specs in a plastic package, which makes it cheaper than the metal flagship that’s already being sold. The HTC One E8 has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, a 5 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (which will be clocked at 2.5 GHz only in Asia for whatever reason), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage (around 10.6 GB of which is user-accessible), microSD card support, 4G LTE, dual-SIM (some models), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC’s Sense 6 UI overlay on top. Its dimensions are 146.42×70.67×9.85 mm, and it weighs 145 grams. Basically the only big difference between the E8 and the M8 is the camera, the new device going with a traditional 13 MP unit and single-LED flash, whereas the One M8 sports an UltraPixel snapper with Duo Camera setup and dual-tone dual-LED flash. HTC hasn’t announced official international pricing, or where we should expect to see the One E8 being sold – outside of China, that is, which will get it first starting this month. And speaking of China, the new smartphone has already been priced over there, according to Engadget. It will cost 2,799 yuan. That’s around $447 or €328 at the current exchange rates, and it’s about half of what the One M8 costs in China. Furthermore, it’s also much less than what the Samsung Galaxy S5 is going for (and this should be its main competitor). If HTC brings such great pricing to other markets, then the One E8 has the potential to easily outsell the One M8. Whether that’s a good thing for HTC or not remains to be...

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HTC M8 Prime reportedly canceled
May30

HTC M8 Prime reportedly canceled

Yesterday we brought you some info about HTC’s roadmap for high-end devices for the remainder of this year, and apparently two new handsets fitting that description are on the way (we’re obviously not counting the already unveiled One M8 and One E8). These are codenamed M8 Plus and M8 Advance. But what about the M8 Prime then? Way before we heard anything about an M8 Plus or an M8 Advance, the talk of the town was the M8 Prime, a supposed higher-end version of the One M8 that was going to battle the oft-leaked Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime as well as the just unveiled LG G3. We even got a leaked render of the M8 Prime (seen above) at one point. So what of it? Well, the M8 Prime has apparently been canceled. So it looks like HTC will only focus on the Plus and the Advance now. The information comes from @evleaks, who says that “development on Prime has been suspended indefinitely”. Obviously this means there’s a small chance things will resume at some point, but we’re going with ‘canceled’ for now. Nothing has been said as to why this happened, but perhaps the Taiwanese company realized that releasing five top of the line devices in a year was a bit too much. Not that four isn’t, by the way, but it’s a tad more...

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HTC One E8 (M8 Ace) gets officially confirmed in China
May29

HTC One E8 (M8 Ace) gets officially confirmed in China

The images that leaked yesterday showing the upcoming plastic-clad HTC M8 Ace were actually from HTC’s official website for China. Or rather, from a special page on that website – a page which has ‘gone live’ today. That’s right – despite it having a June 3 unveiling date, the new plastic flagship from HTC is actually already listed on the company’s Chinese website. What an odd launch. Because of this development, we can now see the device in better looking pictures, though they’re essentially the same we’ve seen yesterday. There’s still some controversy over what the handset’s actual name will be, since Google Translate isn’t of much use in these cases. The M8 Ace codename could either turn into HTC One E8 or HTC One Vogue Edition or something combining those monikers in some manner. The model number does appear to be E8, so maybe that will stick. Perhaps we’ll get 100% sure on June 3. Until then, let’s recap the smartphone’s specs. It should have a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, a 13 MP rear camera with a single LED flash, a 5 MP front camera, BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers, and it will obviously run Android. Past rumors also talked about a 5-inch 1080p Full HD...

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HTC One M8 Plus and One M8 Advance high-end beasts rumored for the fall
May29

HTC One M8 Plus and One M8 Advance high-end beasts rumored for the fall

Remember the HTC M8 Prime? This has been rumored to arrive in a few weeks or months to take on the also-rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime as well as the just introduced LG G3. But according to the latest leaked information, HTC may in fact be working on not one, but two super high-end smartphones for the near future. Neither of these is codenamed M8 Prime, though, which makes us wonder whether the Prime is a third device, or just one of these two. First up, we have the One M8 Plus. This looks to be the Prime by another name, save for one important detail – a purported leaked image of the Prime showed a Duo Camera setup on the back a la the One M8, but the latest info speaks about a normal 13 MP camera with optical image stabilization taking the place of the UltraPixel unit. The HTC M8 Plus will also have a metal shell, a 2,560×1,440 touchscreen (which may be smaller than the 5.5-inch panel in the LG G3), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, and 3 GB of RAM. The handset will be water-resistant, though for now it’s unclear what exact spec it will adhere to from this point of view. The HTC M8 Advance will basically have the exact same specs as the Plus, but it will be made out of plastic and will be aimed at Asian markets. This sounds like the exact same scenario that HTC is readying for the upcoming One M8 Ace – which will complement the One M8 in the company’s portfolio. Both the M8 Plus and the M8 Advance should apparently be released either in August or in September, before Apple’s next iPhone debuts. The M8 Plus could be sold under the name One+ or One Plus, but nothing’s certain just yet. Via...

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HTC One Mini 2 already available in the UK
May28

HTC One Mini 2 already available in the UK

Last week the HTC One Mini 2 went up for pre-order in the UK, but it had a very distant shipping date attached to it – June 30. Thankfully, though, you don’t have to wait more than a month if you want to get a One Mini 2 in your hands. That’s because one third party mobile device retailer already has it in stock, in all of its physical stores. We’re talking about Phones 4u, the well known high street retailer. It’s announced that the HTC One Mini 2 is now up for purchase in all of its more than 700 stores. If you want to order the device online, it may only arrive next week – so if you simply can’t wait, just head to your nearest Phones 4u store to pick one up (do call in advance though, to make sure it’s still in stock). The HTC One Mini 2 is being offered for £359.95 SIM-free, £349.95 on Pay as you go, as well as on Pay monthly plans. If you go with a 4G option that costs at least £29.99 per month, you’ll get it for free. In the case of 3G-only contracts, the minimum you’ll need to shell out each month is £25. The 3G plan is at Vodafone and brings you 300 minutes, unlimited texts, and 250 MB of data every 30 days. The 4G option comes from EE, and contains 1,000 minutes, unlimited texts, and 1 GB of data each month. In both cases, you’ll need to sign a 24-month contract. Via Telecompaper and Android...

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HTC M8 Ace leaks again showing all of its color versions
May28

HTC M8 Ace leaks again showing all of its color versions

The HTC M8 Ace is supposedly going to be officially unveiled on June 3, which is next week. So until then you can expect to see a lot more of it, because the leaks are intensifying. This time around, we get to see the upcoming plastic version of the One M8 flagship yet again, in more colors than ever. It looks like the M8 Ace will launch in blue and red too, not just the traditional hues of grey and white. Alongside the images you can see below, some of the M8 Ace’s specs got confirmed one more time. The handset will come with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash (without UltraPixels or the Duo Camera setup seen in the One M8, and just a single LED compared to two), a 5 MP front camera, and BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers (obvious from the pictures). It will obviously run Android, and we hope it’s going to be version 4.4 KitKat, which is the latest from Google. The HTC M8 Ace will make its debut in China, though it will probably be sold in other countries too at some point. So far it’s been rumored to cost around 3,000 yuan in China (approximately $479 or €352 at the current exchange rates), way less than the Samsung Galaxy S5 – which is going to be its main competitor. Via @UpLeaks here and here,...

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HTC M8 Ace pictured again, full specs leaked and June 3 launch date seemingly confirmed
May26

HTC M8 Ace pictured again, full specs leaked and June 3 launch date seemingly confirmed

HTC’s ‘plastic flagship’, the handset codenamed M8 Ace, is almost here it seems. The device is going to be launched on June 3, we heard last week. And today the latest rumor on the matter says the same thing. The date is valid for China, we don’t know if it’s going to be a global unveiling or not. At least not yet. The HTC M8 Ace has also been pictured yet again, as you can see below. This image shows us a front fascia that’s incredibly similar to that of the metal-made One M8, which is different from what we’ve seen a few days ago when the M8 Ace got certified for sale by the relevant Chinese authority (TENAA). That said, TENAA’s pictures are notoriously odd-looking, so perhaps the phone will actually end up having the design that leaked today. Its back has just one camera and just one LED flash, as opposed to the One M8’s Duo Camera setup with dual-tone LEDs. Despite this looking like a downgrade at first, it might actually entice more people to buy the M8 Ace, since the UltraPixel resolution of the One M8’s camera has its detractors. Along with the image above, the HTC M8 Ace has had its full specs leaked one more time, so let’s recap them for you. It will come with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 5 MP front camera, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It will run Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6. Interestingly, the handset that got certified in China recently and which we thought was the M8 Ace has a 4.7-inch screen apparently, so these may after all be two different variations of the same thing. Or two separate devices, we’ll have to wait and see. Via...

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HTC One Mini 2 pre-orders start in the UK for £498.85, shipping on June 30
May23

HTC One Mini 2 pre-orders start in the UK for £498.85, shipping on June 30

After having been announced last week, the HTC One Mini 2 is now up for pre-order in the UK. However, despite its midrange specs, it’s anything but affordable. In fact, its pre-order price is only about £16 lower than what the One M8 goes for. That’s insane, given the huge difference in hardware between the two, so we’re hoping that things will change once it actually gets released. Amazon is the retailer that is currently offering the One Mini 2 for pre-order, and it’s asking for £498.85 for the privilege. On the same website, the HTC One M8 starts at £515 at the moment, so unless you absolutely must have the metal design in a smaller package there’s absolutely no reason for you to go for a One Mini 2. The One Mini 2 isn’t a smaller version of the One M8, it’s an entirely different device (though it does look similar). It comes with decent specs, yes, but not top of the line. And when you’re hovering around the £500 price point, you should really be a high-end smartphone, and nothing else. The HTC One Mini 2 will become available in the UK on June 30, according to Amazon’s listing, so you have plenty of time to make up your mind on whether it’s really worth all that...

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HTC M8 Ace gets certified in China, finally shows its face
May23

HTC M8 Ace gets certified in China, finally shows its face

We’ve already seen the back of the upcoming HTC M8 Ace, but so far its front has been a mystery. We obviously assumed that the design language would be similar to that of the HTC One M8, and it is. Though the Ace has much more obvious speaker grills above and below its screen. The images showing the M8 Ace are courtesy of TENAA, the Chinese authority that certifies mobile devices for sale in that country. Its reports usually come with rather detailed specs, but in this case all we found out is that the M8 Ace will have a 4.7-inch touchscreen, and not a 5″ unit as has been rumored before. That said, we may still be looking at a 1080p Full HD panel, akin to the one used on last year’s HTC One. The pictures from TENAA usually look quite weird, that’s not something specific to this case. And rest assured that handsets always look better in real life than they do in the Chinese authority’s shots, for whatever reason. In case you forgot, the HTC M8 Ace is supposed to be the Taiwanese company’s secret weapon in the battle against the Samsung Galaxy S5. Like that handset, it will be made out of plastic, and it will match most of the S5’s specs while being offered for less money. The M8 Ace may be launching on June 3, at least in China. Via...

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HTC M8 Ace launching on June 3, rumor has it
May22

HTC M8 Ace launching on June 3, rumor has it

The much-rumored and much-hyped HTC M8 Ace could be launching on June 3, if the latest report from Taiwan is to be believed. According to a source from HTC’s home country, the ‘plastic flagship’ will be released in China first, and there are hopes for availability in Taiwan before the end of June. It’s unclear from the wording used whether we should expect just an official announcement on June 3, or if that’s the actual day on which sales will start. Or if it’s both. The HTC M8 Ace will be priced at 3,000 yuan in China, which means approximately $481 or €352, far less than what its purported main competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S5, goes for. In Taiwan, pricing should be around the NT$14,500 level. Image via ifanr The M8 Ace, which we saw for the first time a couple of days ago, has been said to come with a fashion focus. It will be made out of plastic (and not metal like the more expensive One M8), and it will have specs incredibly similar to those of the aforementioned Galaxy S5. Past leaks talked about a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera (with no UltraPixels and no Duo setup like in the One M8), and a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (clocked 200 MHz higher than the part in the One M8, oddly). Via...

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